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Capstone: Assignment 5


Capstone: Assignment 5

The goal of the capstone is for you to focus on the impact of climate change on communities. We center this assignment on communities because while the impacts of climate change are global, certain communities will be hit harder as we will learn all semester. By community, we mean a village, a town, or, at largest, a city. A state or country is not considered a community.

You must write this in your own words. Paraphrase everything. This means absolutely no direct copying will be tolerated and you will also lose credit even for copying with quotation marks. TurnItIn is remarkably clever at detecting plagiarism from a wide variety of sources including old student papers! Please see more information in the Orientation.

Instructions for this week

Step 1: Choose a topic and a community (a village, a town, or, at largest, a city). A possible topic is sea level rise. Please make sure that you choose a different topic and community than previous entries!

Next, consider:

  1. What is the threat?
  2. Why is that community vulnerable?
  3. >What are the forecasted impacts on the community?
  4. What are the solutions to the threat?

Step 2:

Write 300-500 words of text in Microsoft Word that summarizes the questions (1-4) above for your community on your topic of interest


Submit your script during the week after Module 12, along with your Capstone Assignment 6 entry, to Capstone: Assignment 5 and 6 (Submission). Even though the assignment is not due this week, I strongly recommend you complete the work now to stay on track.

Each time you write a script, you will add it to the same document, so that in the end you will have one document with six different vignettes included.


There is a TurnItIn dropbox attached to this assignment in Canvas. PLEASE DO NOT USE the TurnItIn link in the menu or go to the external website. You do not need to leave the assignment to upload your submission. You WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT if your submission is. not in the correct dropbox.

Grading Rubric

Grading Rubric
Each script is worth up to 5 points as outlined below.
Assessment Criteria Acceptable Partially Acceptable Unacceptable
Script discusses an original environmental threat 1 .5 0
Concepts are explored in detail 1 .5 0
Script is community-based 1 .5 0
Script is well-written 1 .5 0
Script contains references 1 .5 0